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By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
August 26, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Sleep Patterns   Sleep   Sleep Routine  

If you have trouble sleeping or wake up the next day feeling tired and sluggish, reach out to Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, to find a treatment that works for you.

What is a Healthy Sleep Routine?

Sleeping takes up half of our lifetime and plays a crucial role in how we function throughout the day. A good night's sleep can help reduce stress, improve mood, and maintain a balanced weight. It also increases energy and productivity, boosts your immune system, and combats health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. However, a healthy sleep pattern depends on more than just a few hours of snoozing each night.

Sleep Duration

The amount of sleep you get each night plays a vital role in developing a healthy sleep pattern.  According to the CDC, the average adult needs anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to function properly. However, it is important to note that each individual is different when it comes to sleep. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and daily activity can impact the amount of sleep you need.

When You Sleep

The time you fall asleep each night also plays an important role in a healthy sleep pattern. Your body follows an internal clock called the circadian rhythm that is influenced by daylight and the environment. If you don't align your sleep with the circadian rhythm, you are more likely to sleep less and suffer from insomnia. It is also crucial to fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day.

A Full Night's Sleep

Getting a full night's sleep without disruptions is just as important as how long you sleep. Waking up a few times a night to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom interferes with your body's natural sleep process. A continuous sleep pattern helps support the functions of your body and your brain so you can be more productive throughout your day.

What Can Interfere with Your Sleep Patterns?

Many factors can affect your sleep schedule, from alcohol and caffeine consumption to the lighting and temperature of your room. In addition, conditions such as sleep apnea and excessive snoring can also disrupt sleep patterns.  

If you want to learn more about sleep, reach out to Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, at (817) 419-7220 to help optimize your sleep patterns.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
August 24, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care

Living a healthy lifestyle helps to prevent disease, improve mood and prolong life. However, it can be a difficult task to take on alone. That’s why our team at Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, Tx, wants to partner with you to help you reach and exceed your wellness goals.

Dr. Atif Sohail and Nurse Dahlia Ferilina have years of experience guiding people to lead healthier, happier lives. Here are just a few services that we offer. 

Nutrition Counseling 

At the Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, we understand that poor health affects every part of life. According to the CDC, over 35% of adults in America are overweight. Because healing comes from the inside, we have dedicated an entire department to helping our clients make lifestyle changes that stick.

Our strategy includes:

  • Getting to know you over time.
  • Learning your specific needs and goals.
  • Tailoring a nutritional plan that is specific to you.

No two people are the same, so we never recommend meal plans or strategies that do not make sense for your body or your life. 

During this process, we’ll collect information such as your body weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, medical history, and so on to create a plan that will put you on track to reach your goals.

Lastly, we’ll continue to check in with you and monitor your progress on your journey. Improving your health for the long term is a process, and we commit to being there for you every step of the way. 

Grocery Store Tours

Making a lifestyle change means learning a whole new way of life, and we want to make it as seamless as possible. Shopping for healthy foods can be an intimidating process which is why we offer individual and group grocery shopping tours. 

During these hands-on educational tours, we explain how to: 

  • Read nutritional labels and identify healthier ingredients
  • Find healthier options for some of your favorite foods
  • Select food options that are best for your health journey
  • Buy foods that assist with disease management (disease, heart disease, etc.)

During these tours, you get ample opportunity to ask all of your food-related questions and get expert advice. 

If you are ready to make a lifestyle change, connect with our Heart & Sleep Clinics of America team in Arlington, Tx. You can call us at (817) 419-7220 or schedule a Telehealth appointment.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
July 21, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can increase your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Fortunately, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, can help you find a treatment that eases your sleep apnea symptoms.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing while you sleep. Although each breathing pause may last only seconds, you may experience hundreds of pauses throughout the night. Sleep apnea deprives your brain of oxygen and makes it more likely that you'll develop a serious health condition like diabetes.

You may have sleep apnea and not even know it. Do you ever wake up during the night choking or gasping for air? When you stop breathing, choking or gasping is the way your body forces you to start breathing again. Are you abnormally tired during the day, even though you got a full night's sleep? Sleep apnea may be to blame.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Morning headaches or sore throats
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Night sweats
  • Dry mouth
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

How is sleep apnea treated?

Sleep apnea treatment depends on the cause of the condition. You may develop sleep apnea if your tongue falls against your throat while you sleep, the walls of your throat or the roof of your mouth collapse, or your brain doesn't control the muscles involved in breathing correctly.

Treatment options include:

  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine: A steady stream of air delivered through a small mask keeps your airway open, preventing sleep apnea. CPAP machines offer a very effective way to stop breathing pauses. During your visit to the Arlington sleep clinic, your doctor can help you find the best type of mask for you.
  • Oral Appliance: The oral appliance fits over your teeth while you sleep. The device holds your jaw forward and stops your tongue from blocking your throat.
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPP): This surgical treatment involves removing extra tissue from the roof of your mouth.
  • Thermal Ablation: Tissues in your soft palate, tongue and nasal turbinates are heated during thermal ablation, reducing their size.
  • Pillar Implants: Rigid rods placed in the roof of your mouth stop the area from collapsing while you sleep.

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Call your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an appointment.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
May 24, 2021
Category: Cardiology Care
Tags: Echocardiogram  

An echocardiogram gives your Arlington, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, important information about your heart health. The test isn't painful and only takes an hour or less.

When is an echocardiogram needed?

Your heart doctor uses an echocardiogram to diagnose or monitor heart problems, evaluate the function and pumping ability of your heart, assess the size and thickness of your heart, check the condition of valves, or monitor your heart after surgeries. They might order the test to help determine if a heart condition is the reason you've been experiencing shortness of breath, swelling in your legs, chest pain or pressure, fatigue, or other symptoms.

The test uses high-frequency, ultrasound waves to produce images of the chambers and valves of your heart. While looking at the real-time images, your cardiologist can watch how well your heart pumps blood and view the valves and other parts of your heart.

What happens during an echocardiogram?

Before the echocardiogram starts, a technician will place sticky electrodes on your chest. These electrodes make it possible to monitor your heart rhythm during the test. They will also apply a special gel to your skin that helps the transducer produce clear images of your heart. The transducer is a handheld device that emits ultrasound waves. During the echocardiogram, the technician moves the transducer back and forth across your chest.

The echocardiogram technician may ask you to change your position periodically to ensure that all areas of the heart are examined during the test or may request that you hold your breath from time to time.

Although you may feel a little pressure when the transducer is placed on your chest, you won't notice any pain. As soon as the echocardiogram is over, you can immediately resume your normal activities.

After your cardiologist receives the results of the echocardiogram, they'll review the findings with you in our Arlington, TX, office and recommend appropriate treatments if needed.

Echocardiograms help you protect your heart. Call your cardiologist in Arlington, TX, Dr. Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America, at (817) 419-7220 to schedule an appointment if you have a heart condition or are concerned about a possible heart issue.

By Heart & Sleep Clinics of America
March 09, 2021
Category: Sleep Disorders
Tags: Sleep Apnea   Diabetes  

Diabetes rates in the U.S. are on the rise, according to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Although obesity is a key factor in the increase, it's certainly not the only reason for higher diabetes rates. In fact, untreated sleep apnea could also increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America in Arlington, TX, offers treatments that can help you avoid diabetes if you're diagnosed with sleep apnea or better manage your condition if you already have diabetes.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing while you're sleeping. Breathing pauses can last several seconds and may happen hundreds of times throughout the night. These breathing pauses deprive your brain of oxygen, which can lead to a variety of health consequences, including heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression.

The condition can occur if you have excess tissue in your airway, your tongue blocks your throat while you sleep, or your brain doesn't properly control breathing while you sleep.

Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Snoring
  • Gasping or jerking awake when you stop breathing
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headache

How is type 2 diabetes-related to sleep apnea?

Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar level is too high. Sleep apnea may change the way your body uses glucose (sugar) and could cause insulin resistance, a condition that occurs when your body's cells don't respond normally to insulin. Insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, controls the amount of glucose in your blood.

Insulin sensitivity, glucose control, and nighttime glucose levels improve when sleep apnea is treated, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

What can be done to treat sleep apnea?

Depending on the severity of your condition, losing weight may be enough to eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms. During your visit to the Arlington sleep clinic, your doctor might give you an oral appliance that may help reduce your symptoms. The appliance holds your jaw forward and prevents your tongue from blocking your throat while you sleep.

A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is another option. CPAP machines deliver a steady stream of air into your mouth through a small mask. The stream of air prevents your airway from closing and prevents sleep apnea.

Do you think you may have sleep apnea? Call your Arlington, TX, cardiologist and sleep doctor, Dr. Atif Sohail of Heart & Sleep Clinics of America at (817) 419-7220 to schedule your appointment.

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